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Decadent Dark Chocolate Ale - Atwater Brewery

Decadent Dark Chocolate AleDecadent Dark Chocolate Ale

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235 Ratings
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Ratings: 235
Reviews: 59
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 17.31%


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Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American Stout |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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(Beer added by: ShanePB on 02-02-2012)
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TheBrewo

Michigan

2.99/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

We pour a brew of the darkest mahogany brown coloring, holding a half finger tall head of light tan bubbles showing okay retention. Spotty lacing is left clinging around the glass. No haze or sediment is noted, and carbonation appears to be moderate. The nose gives big milk chocolates off the bat, bringing memories of sipping on hot cocoa by a roaring fire. Toffee, Tootsie Roll, white sugar, and fatty whole milk add creamy sweetness. Mixing to fill are notes of banana fruitiness, raw coffee malts, coiny metallics, general roastiness, marshmallow, and faint boozy bite. Our first impression is that there is less bold balancing sweetness than expected, with a decently robust start, but a rather watered finish. As we sip, the taste opens with straight chocolate milk smoothness, lightly roasted coffee and chocolate malts, lactic sourness, lipid, mineral water, and very faint plastic phenols. Gas station hazelnut coffee pulls us to the peak, where a blend of soured roasted coffee malts, white flour, metallics, corny adjuncts, and overly sweet German Kinder chocolates meet for the attempted balance. The finishing wash comes across as severely watered through, with sweetness of white sugars and stale marshmallow, along with weak milk chocolate, banana mash, metallics, and lightly soured lactics. The aftertaste breathes of that soured grain, even milkiness, banana milkshake, cinnamon essence, mineral, sweeter whipped cream, and lightly adjuncty filler grain. The body is on the lighter side, and the carbonation is medium. The mouth is cooled and thinly coated, with eventual faint dryness down the center of the hard palate. Each sip gives nice slurp, froth, cream, sip, pop, and glug. The abv is appropriate, and the beer drinks easily.

Overall, the strongest aspect of this beer was its aroma. This showed big chocolates, brown malts, sugars, vanillas, and general sweetness, certainly deserving of the title of “decadence”. Where we lost points was through the end of the sip, where the flavoring was almost entirely washed out with watery grain, affecting not only the taste, but also the feel. Atwater has continued to disappoint us in cohesion and final execution of their styles, so I guess we’ll have to wait for the next one in hopes of finding something that is worth coming back to.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2013 00:38:25 | More by TheBrewo
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tone77

Pennsylvania

4.21/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a black color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of chocolate milkshake, sweet, some hints of vanilla. Taste is very chocolatey, roasted malts, some vanilla, sweet and tasty, lots of flavor here. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall this is a quality beer worth seeking out.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2013 01:06:44 | More by tone77
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keith_wayne

Ohio

3.78/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from Bottle into my Lagunitas mason jar glass.

A: dark with a 1 finger head. ok lacing.
S: Chcolate, roasted malts, a little coffee and something I can't place
T: Same as smell: Chcolate, roasted malts, a little coffee and something I can't place. Also get a little vanilla. Notes about taste. The chocolate is pretty much up front on the first few drinks. but seems not be as strong half way through the beer, it is still there but not as strong for sure. There is some other taste I am get that I can't place or describe. i like it but don't know what it is.
M: A little thin. somewhere between a light ot medium bodied brew

O: I like this beer. It is not the best chocolate Ale (the label does not say stout but says Ale) but i think it is good. Not exactly what I normally want in a chocolate brew, but this is an easy drinking beer that I could use as a session beer. I will get again.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2013 03:14:47 | More by keith_wayne
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Darkmagus82

Virginia

3.64/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap in a pint glass

Appearance – The beer is served a nearly black color with only a bit of light able to get through the brew. Upon serving there is a brown head that sits atop the brew. The head fades rather quickly leaving only a light level of lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma on this one is quite potent and can be sensed immediately upon serving. As might be expected for a chocolate porter the aroma is big and robust of dark chocolate mixed with some aromas of coffee and roasted malt. There are lighter notes of vanilla and caramel rounding out the aroma nice with the combination producing a very dessert like and delicious smell.

Taste – The taste begins, as the nose lets on, with a strong dark chocolate flavor as well as a nice roasted malt taste. While it begins big of dark chocolate it is much less sweet then what was originally expected from the nose. The flavor starts out with a little bit of sweetness with flavors of caramel and vanilla present upfront. These flavors largely persist to the end where they are joined by some lighter earthy hop tastes. Along with the hop, a rather strong coffee flavor come to the tongue bittering up the taste and melding with the rest to leave a slightly bitter and chocolaty flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the medium side in terms of it’s thickness and creaminess with a carbonation level that is rather average as well. A thicker body and lower carbonation level would have likely suited the dark chocolate flavors of the brew better.

Overall – Not bad, but from the nose I was expecting much more in the taste and the feel, which it fell somewhat short of. Worth a try, but not the best out there.

Serving type: on-tap

04-11-2013 00:27:40 | More by Darkmagus82
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brentk56

North Carolina

3.49/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a dark chocolate color (what else?) with a beige head that leaves a few streaks of lacing behind

Smell: Smells like a Hershey's dark chocolate bar - not the great depth of a quality chocolate but just a nice commercial chocolatey aroma

Taste: At the outset, the chocolate comes right through on the tastebuds but by mid-palate, the flavor starts to fade and is joined by a chalky/waxy taste; after the swallow, the flavors fade quicky and there is a husky quality to the aftertaste

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Promise unfulfilled - after a very nice start, the chocolate was not sustained and ultimately the beer was a disappointment

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2013 22:17:57 | More by brentk56
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PorterLambic

Florida

4.03/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a deep, dark brown that is so close to black that we might as well call it that. An espresso-like head over 1/2" thick formed of exquisitely tiny bubbles fades gently but inexorably over several minutes to a thick film. Some scattered lace remains though it isn't a strong point.
Smell is phenomenal. Rich vanilla and dark chocolate notes with a graham cracker sweetness and lightly perceptible roasted malt presence. Very nice.
Taste is similar though the roasted malt shows a bit more. The balance is quite comparable with the vanilla and chocolate leading the parade, so to speak. There is a toasty note that shows up briefly after the swallow with a hint of metallic right at the swallow (the only down side).
Smooth-ish with a drying aspect, the body is only medium and the carbonation is well restrained. It does benefit from some warming.

The only thing about this brew I found odd was on the label:
Dark Chocolate Ale
Malt beverage brewed with chocolate

Malt beverage just sounds... wrong somehow, like Old English 800 or Zima.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2013 00:13:22 | More by PorterLambic
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CHickman

New York

3.89/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours motor oil black color with a nice 1 finger foamy brown head that faded extremely slowly, leaving decent lacing; the head was full of tiny bubbles and rather basic looking.

Smells of dark chocolate up front, so strong that the aroma hit my nose a few inches away from the glass; nose also consists of coffee, toffee, cocoa powder, roasted grains, light vanilla and powdered creamer. This smells more like a desert than a beer and is pretty nice to inhale.

Tastes just like it smells, with dark chocolate, coffee, toffee, cocoa powder, roasted grains, vanilla, powdered creamer, herbs, and a slight bitter flavor like a Starbucks coffee aftertaste. Really tasty, the vanilla and charcoal notes linger and trail off dry and leave a cocoa powder taste.

Mouthfeel is light, thin and watery, with very light carbonation, a medium body and a slightly bitter semi-dry finish.

Overall this was much better that I expected that it would be, with really enjoyable chocolate flavors and notes which mix well with the roasted malts, coffee and vanilla notes. An easy drinking beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2013 04:39:35 | More by CHickman
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RWLawman

North Carolina

3.45/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

A - Jet black, with almost no head whatsoever.

S - Dark chocolate, all the way. Cocoa powder is all I'm getting, but with a beer called "decadent chocolate" that's probably how it should be.

T - Heavy dark chocolate presence, with the slightest hint of roasted malts tucked away in there as well. This beer has a delicious chocolate flavor, but due to the next category, it misses it's mark as a phenomenal offering.

M - Thin in terms of texture, but a little too much carbonation. If this beer were made with less carbonation, and a more silky or sticky texture, it would be a home run hit. I could imagine this being absolutely delicious in a nitro-tap.

O - A pretty good beer, which I do recommend at least trying. If nothing else, the chocolate presence is nice, if you're like me, and absolutely love chocolate and beer, and the two together. Just be prepared to be a little disappointed, because this beer had the potential to be great.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2013 21:50:13 | More by RWLawman
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Ryanm1

Pennsylvania

4.38/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Decadent...it says it all in the name. I've never described a beer as decadent let alone ever heard of a brewery using it in one of it's naming conventions, but it's the perfect description for this brew.

Decadent chocolate. Pours a nightly black color into a glass with substantial dark brown head. You get an overwhelmingly strong caramely, maltly, chocolately smell eminating from the glass. One of the most potent smells, but intoxicating nonetheless. All the normal characteristics of a stout with a slight hint of hops in the brew.

Tart and chocolately on the palate, similar to tasting a dark chocolate made from extremely concentrated cocoa. Excellent beer, slightly sweet on the tounge with a dry finish. On the bottle it says it is made with actual chocolate and I can believe it.

Excellent brew. I recommend grabbing it, but to be enjoyed in limited quantities as they flavor might wear on you after one or two.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2013 01:20:12 | More by Ryanm1
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drewber81


4.28/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I first tried this beer on New Years Eve of 2012-13. After having a few different Atwater Brewery bottles, I felt confident in trying something new from them on a whim for a "Special Occasion".

The serving style was a typical 12 oz bottle, in six-pack form.

The appearance was fairly normal for what I expected of a chocolate; ot was fairly dark with a tan colored head. While typical ales are of a lighter color, this was more the color of a stout.

It smelled chocolaty, with some notes of coffee.

The taste was what I expect of a chocolate ale as well. A bit hoppy, which I am not a fan of, but with a heavy chocolate taste and some coffee undertones as well.

For an ale it felt a bit heavy in my mouth, almost to a stout or porter.

On a side note, I would like to note that this could match up amazingly with a nice cigar!

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2013 10:26:16 | More by drewber81
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WoodBrew

Illinois

4.15/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The Decadent Dark Chocolate Ale is a very interesting beer. The beer poured an opaque black with thin off-white head that is leaving some lacing. The smell is unbelievable...sweet dark chocolate is pronounced. The taste has some chocolate....but would definitely want more...cocoa powder is present. The mouthfeel is a bit lacking....would really like a more creamy body. Overall thou it was amazing...thanks to my BRO IN LAW!!!!

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2012 22:14:27 | More by WoodBrew
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

3.6/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The nose on this one is a very good advertiser. Unfortunately, the rest of the beer doesn't live up to things. Kind of chalky with cocoa or something. Doesn't mesh well with the beer at all. Meh. This is looking quite like a waste of money and something I don't want to finish.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2012 04:00:58 | More by RblWthACoz
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woodychandler

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

More bottles from my latest Philly run. I am feeling adventurous today and may try to eradicate the bottle backlog that has been an albatross since school started back.

I got a cap of a finger of dense, deep-tan head with good retention from my pour. Color was a deep, dark-brown allowing zero light penetration. Nose smelled like a liquid chocolate bar. I have to admit that I have been underwhelmed by some previous Atwater offerings, but this was showing real promise. Mouthfeel was thin, especially for a stout, but the taste was very chocolaty, although not what I would have expected from dark chocolate. Were they referring to the color? Hmmm. It was quite sweet, but still very chocolaty. Finish remained very sweet and this would be a dessert beer for me. Not bad, but not great, either.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2012 21:17:10 | More by woodychandler
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Andrew61923

California

2.85/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from 12 oz bottle from October 2012 into Portsmouth Brewery tulip. Had sat out of fridge for 10 minutes before pouring.

A: Almost black pour with half finger head after vigorous pour. Had expected a bigger head and little to no lacing. I don't care about lacing, but I was a bit surprised there wasn't more going on here.

S: Chocolate, bordering on artificial and/or over-sweetened. A lot of sugar.

T: I didn't realize I poured a Coke into this glass. I'm not picking up on any of the chocolate notes of the nose. No way this is a stout.

M: Way too thin for the style. I'd say this is a confused brown ale if anything. There either needs to be some thickening for the next batch or a reduction of the effect the chocolate has on the beer, as this is way too sweet (and dark) for a brown.

O: I'm let down here. The smell started off pretty strong, but it was all downhill from there. There are better options out there, even if this 6er was right around $10.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2012 04:32:58 | More by Andrew61923
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magine

Pennsylvania

3.95/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a nonic.

Pours a near black with lots of bubbles cascading to make up a light brown head. Nice lace coates the glass the whole drink. Layer of lace makes up the head. Good looks.

Brew smells of dark chocolate, hershey syrup almost. Good malty nose here. Good nose.

Brew is balanced; good carbonation adds to the drinkabilty. Dark chocolate and again alsmot the hersheys syrup flavor. Good malts, dark chocolate. Lots of cocoa in here and a fuller flavor and feel than the Harpoon I just sampled (both are good though). Brew finishes creamy and smooth. Good taste and feel here.

Good stuff here. Nice to have a stout that is flavored with chocolate that is sessionable. Good stuff here.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2012 01:56:38 | More by magine
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ujsplace

Pennsylvania

4.05/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a chalice.

Dirty motor oil. Pitch black with a frothy tan colored head that leaves some nice lacing and boasted a one-finger thick head.

Smells big time of sweet dark chocolates, maybe some vanilla notes and roasted coffee.

Tastes of bittersweet dark chocolates and roasted coffee. A bit thinner that I would have liked, but overall a very good taste.

Creamy and smooth, medium mouthfeel.

Highly drinkable and tasty. A really nice winter-time change of pace brew for me.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2012 02:08:41 | More by ujsplace
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BeerTwigs

New York

3.83/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I picked this up in a new bottle shop in MA. I hadnt heard much about it until I bought it.

A - Poured into a giant tulip. Dark black with thin white lacing.

S - Chocolate, Coffe, Fruit and Maple Syrup. A very sweet smell.

T - Really sweet with lots of chocolate and hints of coffee and syrup.

M - Moderate carbonation with medium to lighter body. The beer finishes pretty thin for how I thought it would.

O - A decent beer, I would recommend trying it once or twice after a meal. Definitely a fall to winter beer. I havent had many Atwater brews and this one doesnt turn my opinion either way.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2012 00:25:08 | More by BeerTwigs
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aleric

Colorado

3.3/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Honestly, I bought this beer because I liked the typography of the label. Dark, barely translucent color like dark coffee. 1-finger tan head. Virtually no lacing after the head dissipated.

S - Chocolate syrup, cavendish tobacco and malt.

T - Syrupy dark chocolate with a coffee aftertaste. It's pretty good, but a bit muddled.

M - Medium mouthfeel, medium carbonation.

O - I had high hopes, so I am a little disappointed, but it was an interesting beer to try. This isn't a very drinkable beer by itself, but I feel like it would be a treat if it is paired well with something else. For some reason, ham with pineapple comes to mind as a good complement to this beer's flavors.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2012 05:39:00 | More by aleric
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mountdew1

New Hampshire

3.55/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into an imperial pint glass. Color was a nice extremely dark opaque brown. Poured a practically non-existent head. Aroma was a very rich milk chocolate, slightly over sweet. Taste was a sweet chocolate up front before shifting to a slightly smokey flavor with a bit of bitterness. Felt ok in the mouth. A bit of chew, slightly thick, coated well, but no carbonation at all. Overall not bad, but a few notches short of what it could be.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2012 23:32:21 | More by mountdew1
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donkeyrunner

Massachusetts

1.8/5  rDev -50.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

My wife likes chocolate beer. I like my wife. So I bought her some chocolate beer.

Dark brown with a thick cocoa head. Collar retention dots my glass on it's way down.

Smells like maple syrup. I was expecting chocolate.

Tastes like maple syrup with strong bitter vegetable oil in back. Again, for some reason I was expecting chocolate. Chocolate syrup burps though.

This is terrible. I like maple syrup but a) I was expecting chocolate and b) that's a nasty back end. That's yucky two ways.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2012 00:32:44 | More by donkeyrunner
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CPeterson

Minnesota

3.63/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A -- Pours a hazy black, opaque but deep in color. A resinous lacing shows on the glass.

S -- Holy chocolate Batman! Smells like a syrup can with toffee, coffee, and dark fruit essence...maybe some fig and cacao with a hint of earthy bitterness.

T -- Big dark chocolate flavors with a hint of burnt sugars, toffee / caramel, countered by a bitterness that effaces the sweetness and leaves the cacao essence on the tongue with a lingering bittering.

M -- A moderate carbonation and lingering bitterness leave a drying effect that while not entirely unpleasant makes this beer only semi - repeatable.

D -- Nice brew from Atwater. Defintely worth a try and very appropriate for late autumn / early winter. Worth a pickup for a holiday meal ender.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2012 04:21:46 | More by CPeterson
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tjshippen

Wisconsin

3.33/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a single bottle after trying one of their other beers and felt they definitely deserved another chance!

A- Poured into Big Eddy Snifter deep brown to black in color, thin tan head less than one finger.

S- Exactly as it reads on the bottle DARK CHOCOLATE its the major smell that comes through, a little roasty almost coffee in there.

T taste like bittersweet chocolate with a slight sweet and roast finish

M- medium light body similar mouth feel to a Schwartz beer but instead of the roast chocolate.

O- Good beer very desert esk but easy to drink. I would recommended giving it a try the chocolate isn't overwhelming like some other chocolate ales

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2012 12:07:55 | More by tjshippen
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StoutHunter

Michigan

3.08/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I picked up a bottle of Atwater's Decadent Dark Chocolate Ale a couple days ago for $1.89 at The Lager Mill. I heard about this beer a while ago and i' have been waiting for it show up since, so when I saw it on the shelf at my local store I knew I needed to pick up a bottle. The bottle was notched July 2012. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a snifter.

A- The label is pretty plain and pretty much the same as all their other beers, it's not that great looking. It poured a nice dark black color that only had a slight ruby hue at the bottom when held to the light with two and a half fingers worth of fluffy light mocha colored head that died down to a thin ring that stayed till the end and left a little bit lacing. I like the look of this beer, it's true to style and I have no complaints.

S- The aroma of this beer is dominated by chocolate aromas, at first I get a little bit of bitter chocolate then there's a huge Hershey syrup aroma that pretty much dominated the aroma of this beer. Towards the end I get some vanilla, cocoa powder, coffee, and a slight brown sugar like aroma that gives the aroma a pretty high amount of sweetness. I liked the aroma of this beer, the aroma is all about the chocolate, but it was a little on the sweet side.

T- The taste seems to be similar to the aroma just a little more watered down, it starts off with a slight grainy roasted malt flavor that is quickly taken over by chocolate flavors, but they aren't as nice as they were in the aroma and seemed watered down with a slight bitter astringency to it. The taste isn't as sweet as the aroma lead to believe and I also pick up a s light maple syrup flavor. Towards the end I get a medium amount of astringent almost coffee like bitterness with a slight coffee like taste and some roasted grains, chocolate, and coffee on the aftertaste. This beer tasted ok, but the chocolate wasn't as full as it was in the aroma and everything didn't come together as well as it could have.

M- Pretty damn smooth, slightly creamy, watery, on the thin side of being medium bodied, with a good amount of medium carbonation. The mouthfeel wasn't that great, it was just too thin and that made it feel watery.

Overall I thought this was an ok and an average example of a Chocolate Stout, it was going in the right direction when it came to the aroma but when it came to the taste is felt like a watered down version of the aroma and that was a bit of let down. This beer had ok drinkability, it went down pretty smooth, but the flavors would wear on me quickly so I think one would be enough for me. What I liked most about this beer was the aroma, it was nice and dominated by chocolate syrup, the appearance was also wasn't that bad. What I liked least about this beer is how watery it tasted and felt, this beer would be much better if the body was much thicker. I don't think I would buy this beer often, I would much rather have their Vanilla Java Porter, but it is worth trying once to see where you stand with it. All in all I thought this beer had a flavor that's pretty similar to Vanilla Java Porter, but the aroma was dominated by chocolate syrup, it was ok, but it's nothing I feel the need to drink again anytime soon. This was a decent attempt by Atwater but when it came to flavor and mouthfeel it fell short, better luck next time guys.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2012 03:54:20 | More by StoutHunter
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dorianmarley

Ohio

3.88/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is rich black with brown notes. Head is thin and tan, with some lacing.

Nose is filled with sweet dark chocolate. There is also some roasted character.

Taste is very chocolately, but not sweet. There is some roastedness and maple. Not especially complex.

Mouthfeel is easygoing with light carbonation. Not a lot of body to back up the flavor.

Overall, this is a successfully drinkable chocolate ale.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2012 23:24:56 | More by dorianmarley
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biglite351

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A - considerable light around edges with a short off-white head.

S - Hershey chocolate syrup with a hint of dark chocolate and fruit.

T - generic chocolate syrup and q hint of toasted malt.

M - thin with light coating. Not much feel, almost like an Irish dry stout.

O - not bad but not good enough to break into the rotation.

Serving type: on-tap

08-28-2012 21:19:23 | More by biglite351
Decadent Dark Chocolate Ale from Atwater Brewery
82 out of 100 based on 235 ratings.